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Mockery of a drill
Chandigarh, December 21
Executed as a contingency plan for Police officials take positions after hurling tear gas shells at Sector 17, Chandigarh, emergency, the mock drill by the police in Sector 17 plaza ended up in an anti-climax with the people turning up in large numbers to make fun of the entire exercise here today.

Police officials take positions after hurling tear gas shells at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pardeep Tewari 

It was a gruelling battle: Ruchika’s dad
Chandigarh, December 21
The “token” sentence to the former DG, SPS Rathore, in the Ruchika molestation case, has come after a legal battle spanning over 19 years. The only consolation for the Anands, the complainants, seems to be the conviction of the high-profile former Haryana top cop.

My patience has finally paid off: Witness
Panchkula, December 21
“I always had complete faith in the judiciary and my steadfast patience during the ordeal that Ruchika’s family as well as mine went through during past 19 years, which still continues to haunt me, has finally been rewarded.

Seven Sisters snuggle on a cold wintry morning in Chandigarh
WARM CUDDLE: Seven Sisters snuggle on a cold wintry morning in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S. Chandan


Onlookers watch the mock drill at Sector 17 in Chandigarh
Onlookers watch the mock drill at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Monday. 
The “terrorist” captured by the police
The “terrorist” captured by the police. Tribune photos: Pardeep Tewari

Three more swine flu deaths
Chandigarh, December 21
While three persons suffering from swine flu died at city hospitals here today, five others tested positive.

Bus ride to school may be costlier
Chandigarh, December 21
Students might now have to bear a 40 per cent hike in bus fee with the UT administration all set to levy road tax on private school buses.

‘6-month RI not enough’
The orders pronounced today by the court of special CBI magistrate against former DGP SPS Rathore, holding him guilty of molestation and sentencing him to six-month rigorous imprisonment, have evoked a mixed response from people.


Night Food Street Contract
F&CC members pull up MC officials

Chandigarh, December 21
Municipal corporation officials were pulled up by members of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) for not informing them on time about the expiry date of contract for the night food street near the PGI in Sector 14.

Garbage plant gets ministry’s nod
Team says it meets all processing requisites 
Chandigarh, December 21
A three-member committee of the union ministry of new and renewable energy have certified that the garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra for meets all requirements required for processing garbage.

Rs 9.14 lakh for developing 13 villages
Chandigarh, December 21
The Chandigarh administration has earmarked an outlay of Rs 9.14 lakh in the 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-12) with the aim of developing 13 villages on the pattern of sectors.

GMADA to partly develop connecting road
Mohali, December 21
In wake of paucity of funds, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has decided to partly develop the 300-ft wide road, proposed to connect the proposed international airport with the 200-ft wide road connecting the Zirakpur-Patiala road with the Chandigarh-Kharar road.

Modern bus stand for Zirakpur on cards
Zirakpur, December 21
The municipal council plans to construct a modern AC bus stand at triangle on Zirakpur-Panchkula intersection near Paras Down Town square. Besides, four new tubewells would be installed at Baltana ward No. 12, ward No. 13, Dhakoli and Pabhat village in the coming next year. This was stated by MC president Narinder Kumar Sharma today in a meeting.

Compassionate Cases
Arrange pvt jobs for kin, Guv tells officials

Chandigarh, December 21
UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today asked senior officers of the Chandigarh administration to make efforts to adjust the next of kin on some private job till they got government jobs on compassionate grounds.

Admn wants beam scales to go
Chandigarh, December 21
The UT administration has decided to ask traders to replace their beam scales with counter scales with immediate effect.

Probe sought into installation of security gates
Mohali, December 21
Councillor Kuljit Singh Bedi has demanded a probe into the installation of security gates in different parts of the town. The gates were currently being used for display of advertisements instead of providing security to residents.

‘Indians lack self-discipline’
Chandigarh, December 21
We need to focus on knowledge, skills, attitude and discipline to build futuristic leaders with a global mindset, said DK Bakshi, executive director, Indo-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok.

Beware of calls from Pak
Chandigarh, December 21
The police today cautioned residents to beware of the unidentified persons making telephone calls from Pakistan, alluring people of winning huge amounts in lotteries. The police said it had received a number of complaints regarding unsolicited calls from different numbers having prefix +92 (the international telephone code for Pakistan).

Warning against LPG cylinder misuse
Chandigarh, December 21
Terming the use of LPG cylinders for purposes other than cooking as illegal, oil companies have warned consumers that LPG connections can be cancelled if used for non-cooking purposes.

Rising obesity sees kids suffering heart attacks
Chandigarh, December 21
Spending longer hours watching TV, playing video games for hours at a stretch and lack of physical activity combined with eating more fast foods in the form of pizzas, French fries, noodles, burgers, chips, sweets and calorie-rich colas are leading to increasing obesity among children in and around the city.

Mysore MC team in city
Chandigarh, December 21
A 20-member team of elected representatives and officers of the Mysore municipal corporation, led by Sharadamm, Deputy Mayor, visited the office of the local corporation here today to study projects in the city.

ITBP personnel present arms at their passing out parade in Chandigarh32 join ITBP ranks
Chandigarh, December 21
As many as 332 recruits from three different batches were formally inducted as constables into ranks of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force at an impressive passing out parade here today.

ITBP personnel present arms at their passing out parade in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Seminar on use of pesticides
Panchkula, December 21
A one-day national seminar on excessive use of pesticides and chemicals was organised at Government College, Sector 1, here. The seminar was coordinated by Vimla Aggarwal, assistant professor, zoology, and compered by Richa Setia, assistant professor, microbiology.

Residents brave chilly winds
Chandigarh, December 21
Chilly winds continued to sweep the city and its adjoining areas for the second day today, forcing residents to remain ensconced in the warm confines of their homes.

Medicinal plants distributed
Zirakpur, December 21
To apprise the general public about environment pollution, a seminar on “social and environment pollution” was organised by the Joint Coordination Committee comprising of three social organisations viz. Senior Citizen Forum, Green Earth Environment Society and Samaj Sudhar Vikas Manch of Zirakpur yesterday.


CBSE schools to adopt HIV+ applicants
Chandigarh, December 21
In the upcoming session, schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) may soon be asked to mandatorily accommodate HIV+ applicant and even those who belong to HIV+ families.

PU Notes
PU teachers awarded

Chandigarh, December 21
Dr Praveen Rishi, associate professor, department of microbiology, Panjab University, has been conferred Fellow, Association of Microbiologists of India (FAMI) award during the golden jubilee conference of the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

Looking Ahead: 2010
Panjab University

Autonomy for colleges, arrears expected

Chandigarh, December 21
Right from the Prime Minister’s visit to his alma mater, to receiving the PURSE award from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2009 has been an eventful year for Panjab University.


Ropar administration posts lie vacant
Ropar, December 21
The key positions in district administration Ropar have been lying vacant hampering working of various departments. While some officers have been loaded with additional charges, other posts are lying vacant.

Semen bank set up at Ropar
Ropar, December 21
A frozen semen bank for artificial insemination of cattle has been established at Ropar district. Deputy director, animal husbandry, Dr Ram Singh said the bank would aid in increasing the milk yielding capacity of animals as well as improve their genre.

Disaster management camp by ITBP
ITBP personnel during a disaster management camp at Dhudial Khalsa Senior Secondary School in PatialaPatiala, December 21
The 27th Indo-Tibetan Border Police (NDRF) organised a defense awareness camp on protection from natural calamities like earthquakes, floods etc at Dhudial Khalsa Senior Secondary School here today.

ITBP personnel during a disaster management camp at Dhudial Khalsa Senior Secondary School in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

The winning team of Multani Mal Modi College along with the principal in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photographon Monday.Modi lads win tennis meet
Patiala, December 21
MM Modi College has won Punjabi University Inter-College Lawn Tennis Championship (Men) held on Punjabi University Campus here.

The winning team of Multani Mal Modi College along with the principal in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photographon Monday. A Tribune photograph

Seven-day NSS camp inaugurated
Patiala, December 21
Students take part in an NSS camp in Patiala A seven-day NSS camp was inaugurated at MM Modi College, Patiala, by principal Dr Satish Kumar Bhardwaj on the college campus. Dr Bhardwaj emphasised the need to educate youth about the challenges faced by modern society. The camp was organised under the guidance of NSS programme officers Prof Balvir Singh, Dr Rajeev Sharma and Prof Harmohan Sharma.

Students take part in an NSS camp in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Two held for robbery bid
Ambala, December 21
The special task force team of the Ambala police has nabbed two persons planning robbery. The police has launched a special campaign against the highway robbers these days.

Govt docs sans salary for 10 months
Kalka, December 21
Resentment prevails among doctors of government hospitals falling in Panchkula district, including Community Health Centre (CHC), Kalka, CHC, Raipur Rani, and General Hospital, Panchkula, over the failure of the Haryana health department in releasing the salaries of most doctors for over 10 months.


CJ for filling up vacancies of HC judges
Chandigarh, December 21
The Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Mukul Mudgal, is in favour of filling up vacancies of high court judges.

Panel to settle disputes with bar council soon
Chandigarh, December 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association today unanimously passed a resolution to constitute a three-member committee for ironing out differences with the Bar Council.

Justice Alok Singh Justice Alok Singh administered oath
Chandigarh, December 21
Justice Alok Singh of the Uttarakhand High Court at Nainital was today administered oath as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, pursuant to his transfer from the hill state.

Justice Alok Singh 



Bihar resident held with 3.5-kg ganja
Chandigarh, December 21
The police has arrested a Bihar resident with 3.5 kg ganja and two persons from different parts of the city for carrying liquor illegally.

Police solves four theft cases
Mohali, December 21
The police today arrested three persons, including a dismissed constable of Chandigarh Police, and solved four major cases of theft of cash. The recent case being a theft of Rs 50,000 from the car of Jaspal Singh, a resident of Kharar, in Phase V market on December 15.

A broken lock of the safe room of Phase V post office where an unsuccessful burglary attempt took place Theft bid at post office
Mohali, December 21
Cash and saving documents of depositors at the Phase V post office were saved when burglars were unable to steal the safe in which the documents were lying.

A broken lock of the safe room of Phase V post office where an unsuccessful burglary attempt took place on Sunday night. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


St Kabir, St John’s in semis
Chandigarh, December 21
A match in progress between Ashiana and St Xavier’s teams at Sector 26, Chandigarh St John’s High School, Sector 26, are pitted against emerging Ashiana School, while hosts St Kabir Public School will cross swords with New Public School (NPS), Sector 18, in the St Kabir Football Tournament for Under-13 being played at the St Kabir Public School ground in Sector 26 here.

A match in progress between Ashiana and St Xavier’s teams at Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Chandigarh, Haryana record wins
Chandigarh, December 21
A deadly bowling spell by Shubham (5 for 22) helped AICF Haryana beat AICF Delhi by 87 runs in the opening match of the Champions Trophy being organised by the All-India Cricket Federation at The Banyan Tree School ground in Sector 48-B here today.

CFI releases cricket calendar
Chandigarh, December 21
The V Hanumantha Rao All-India Under-19 four-day Twenty-20 National League Cricket Championship will be held from January 12 at Hyderabad, while the Cricket Federation of India Under-19 tour to Dubai will be held from February 1.

A player in action during the Panjab University Inter-College Baseball (Women) Tournament in Chandigarh GGS College register 4-2 win
Chandigarh, December 21
GN Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, thrashed SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, by 10 points in the Panjab University Inter-College Baseball (women) Tournament held here today.

A player in action during the Panjab University Inter-College Baseball (Women) Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Jai fashions Prudential club win
Chandigarh, December 21
A fine knock of 89 runs by Jai Rathi helped Prudential Cricket Club (PCC) beat Estate Club by 25 runs in the final of the 28th Prudential Cricket Tournament held at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, today.

PU boxers shine
Chandigarh, December 21
Panjab University won the two gold medals and three bronze medals in the All-India Inter-University Boxing Championship held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, which concluded recently. Stating this in a press release here today, PU spokesperson said Ikhbir Singh of SGGS College and Baghel Singh of MGKM SS Physical Education, Jhakroudi, won gold medals for the PU, while Vijay Sandeep and Rakesh of GGD SD College, Sector 32, won the bronze medals. 



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